Is Hiring Family a Good Idea?

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families2.jpg.pagespeed.ce.iBDNdd4L_Q.jpgStarting a business and in need of a bit of help? Short staffed and want an extra pair of hands? Some business owners may be in a position to hire family when they need it, but will need to weigh the pros and cons of a professional/family arrangement. 

The Benefits of Hiring a Family Member

  • Typically, a business owner will have an idea of what a family member’s strengths are before hiring them, which will allow for placement in the appropriate role.
  • There will likely be less need for references, background checks, or personality tests (which will cut down on hiring costs).
  • A win-win for both parties.  Nothing feels better than being to help someone grow their career, especially family!
  • Then there is the matter of trust, which is fundamental to any professional organization.


The Disadvantages of Hiring a Family Member

Unfortunately, there are some downsides to hiring family members, and it’s important to think about these risks before making any personnel decisions.

  • There may be a risk of perceived nepotism. An employer may not think they are showing favoritism towards family members, but other employees may see things differently.
  • Family members may have different expectations. If they don’t take family seriously as their boss, they might undermine authority with other employees, which can have a detrimental effect on both professional and personal relationships.
  • A falling out at work could result in a falling out with family. Disciplinary action is never easy, and even more difficult if it regards a family member. Can each party agree to keep work and family separate?New Call-to-action


There are pros and cons to hiring family members, and each individual circumstance will be different. Before making that hiring decision, a business owner should take the time to consider whether or not they can create a professional business relationship with a member of the family, in a way that is beneficial to all.

Have you hired a family member? Has it worked for your family business? We’d love to hear how you’ve made it work in our comments box below!